LOWELL MASON HYMNS Arranged for Stringed Instruments and adaptable for Brass and Wood-wind by EDWARD I. ADELMAN Price 25 cents Published for use in the National Hymn-playing Contest by the Massachusetts Federation of Music Clubs LOWELL MASON HYMNS Arranged for Stringed Instruments and adaptable for Brass and Wood-wind by EDWARD I. ADELMAN Price 25 cents Published for use in the National Hymn-playing Contest by the Massachusetts Federation of Music Clubs BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH Dr. Lowell Mason, referred to as "The father of American music" was born in Medfield, Mass., in 1792. While a clerk in a banking house he directed a choir. Realizing the need of better songs, he compiled his first collection of sacred music which was accepted and published by the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, a choral organization famous for its presentation of big choral works. Mason was president of the society for five years, and introduced the proper distribution of part singing. Heretofore the women's voices had sung the tenor, the air being taken by the men. Masons one desire was to make music instruction a regular part LOWELL MASON of the education of the youth, and based his ideas on the principles of Pestalozzi which were especially suited for juvenile classes and had been brought over from England by William C Woodbridge. Public prejudice was very strong against having music taught in the public schools and it took three years to overcome this prejudice. In September, 1836, the school board of Boston on petition of many citizens allowed Mr. Mason to teach music in the schools but made no appropriation for the purpose. Financial gain was, however, a secondary matter with Ma- son. After three years the school became convinced of the success of the experiment and music was established as a regular branch of study. Two visits were made by Mason to Europe to study methods. He com- piled fifty volumes of musical collections and instruction books , composed many hymn tunes and part songs and simple anthems. The great con- trapuntest, Hauptman, said that his tunes were dignified and church-like, and that the counterpoint was good, plain, singable and melodious. He was given the Doctor of Music degree by the New York University in 1835. FOREWORD I am delighted to know that over twelve states are featuring the Hymn Playing Contests on their State Convention programs this year. This alone bespeaks their popularity and value. Clarence G. Hamilton, M.A. of Wellesley College, author of "Epochs in Musical Progress" says they are well worth general adoption for four reasons — 1. U Because many well-tried hymn-tunes are among our finest musical classics, and should be therefore inti- mately known by music students. 2. Because to play a hymn-tune well involves ex- cellence of both technic and interpretation. 3. Because hymn-playing is a useful accomplish - ment, frequently in demand at social gatherings. 4. Because the associations woven about hymn- tunes are such as to inspire in music students a whole- some reverence for the high calling of music.'' I congratulate you on the interest shown i n you r state, and while Virginia originated the idea, Massa- chusetts has "carried on" in a wonderful way. Cordially yours, Grace Widney Mabee Chairman of Music in Religious Education National Federation of Music Clubs Los Angeles, California March 15, 1929 COMMITTEE OF ARRANGEMENTS PREFACE The hymn-tunes found in this volume are arranged for four stringed instruments to assist the students and teachers taking part in the nation-wide contests of Lowell Mason Hymns now being conducted by the National Federation of Music Clubs. This inspiring movement should do much toward developing a finer appreciation of Church music, and for the purpose of furthering this thought, this vol- ume is sponsored and published by the Massachusetts Federation of Music Clubs. We hope that this collection of hymn-tunes will prove a valuable aid to all contestants. Edzvard I. Adclman Director, Junior Department Weltman Conservatory of Music Maiden, Massachusetts March 15,1929 WORK, FOR THE NIGHT IS COMING (work song) cresc. The first five hymn tunes of this collection were used by the violin, quartet of the Weltman Conservatory of Music Maiden, Mass., which won first place at the first hymn playing contest for stringed instruments held in Boston, Mass, January 26-1929 at the home of Mrs. Win. Arms Fisher, First Vice President N.F.M.C. Copyright 1929 by Edward I. 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